When it comes to intellectual property, CFOs must constantly assess the value the IP services that are exchanged for the incurred legal fees. Making this assessment can be challenging to the point of frustrating. CFOs must keep the bigger picture of overall financial health of their organization, while dealing with a complex legal regime that is typically administered by CTO’s and CMO’s and has multiple uses as a barrier-to-entry tool. Further challenges arise due to complex and opaque billing practices by law firms.
Basic overview of IP regimes
- Identifying points of differences in your business
- Selecting an appropriate IP regime that provides a barrier to entry for those points of difference
- Setting an IP strategy for your company
- Setting an IP management committee
- Business case criteria for IP filings
- Setting fee schedules and billing practices to maximize transparency and accountability
Speaker: Andrew Currier
Andrew is a recognized leader in intellectual property, combining experience in industry, law and academia before co-founding PCK. Andrew’s industry experience includes General Counsel for a publicly-traded flat-panel display company, IP counsel for a Silicon Valley start-up, and engineer for the automotive industry. In law, Andrew practised for several years with three of Canada’s national firms. In academia, Andrew held a teaching appointment as Adjunct Professor at Western University in London Ontario, teaching patent law from 2000-2007. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, he is also co-author (with Stephen Perry) of Canadian Patent Law (2nd ed. Butterworths, 2014) the first text on Canadian patent law by practitioners in over thirty years.
Andrew combines the traditions of professional excellence with modern business savvy. As co-founder of PCK, Andrew spearheaded several innovations in professional practice management, notably PCK’s paperless practice which includes state-of-the-art electronic workflow and billing engines, a subject on which Andrew speaks regularly. This work has placed PCK on the forefront in the use of advanced software to efficiently deliver tier-1 professional services using transparent, “CFO-friendly” cost management tools that focus on client value rather than opaque billable-hours.
Andrew’s breadth is expressed through his practice, as he counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including strategy, invention mining, branding, portfolio management, commercialization, litigation and dispute resolution, built on a core foundation of excellence in originating patent and trademark preparation, filing and prosecution. His clients span the range of start-ups to large enterprises, and he takes pride in bringing his skills to the corporate journey all the way from founding to scaling and maturity.
In academia, Andrew presently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor teaching patent law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He also held this appointment at Western University, London, Ontario from 2000 to 2007.